Tuesday, August 10, 2004

"Coalition of the unwilling"

Before the US led invasion of Iraq lat year, President Bush boasted about the number of countries supporting his just cause in the "coalition of the willing." Well, a year later, they don't seem to be willing anymore. Yesterday, Poland announced that it was handling over control in two provinces due to worsening security. This adds strain to the already thinly spread US troops in the region. Earlier in the year, Spanish troops pulled out when Prime Minister Zapatero defeated Aznar. And last month the Philippines 50 some troops pulled out after President Arroyo caved into the demands of a Filipino hostage. It looks like a UN peacekeeping mission is the only alternative, but it is going to be extremely difficult to garner international support after the Bush Administration ignored warnings & snubbed the international community.

The violence in Najaf has worsened. As one report suggested that it is pretty much a leftover from previous months. What is annoying is that the US fails to see that until the roots of the problem: unemployment, security, electricity & water, are not solved, the violence will continue. These temporary truces do no good to the Iraqi people.

George Tenet, the former CIA director resigned last month after scandals regarding intelligence that led the US to the war in Iraq. Bush has nominated a new one, Congressman Porter Goss. I don't know anything about him, so it will be interesting to see if he will be confirmed by the Senate.

The Daily Star has an article about Salem Chalabi, the nephew of Ahmed Chalabi. He is being accused of murder. Interestingly, he is the Iraqi lawyer heading the tribunal for Saddam Hussein.